Hunters can be a pain in the a** to shop for, because there’s an overabundance of gear on the market and also an overabundance of gear in most guys’ garages. Out of sympathy for anyone who has a hunter on their shopping list, I’m going to put together the MeatEater’s 12 Days of Gifts Guide. These items are gonna please any hunter out there, no matter how picky or overstocked he or she happens to be. What’s more, these things can be purchased quickly online without having to drive around and endure hordes of competing Christmas shoppers.
Day 2: I can’t think of anyone on this planet, except for perhaps my 2-year-old son, who wouldn’t benefit from owning a Havalon knife. These tools eliminate the need for a hunter to worry about sharpening in the field, as you can carry a dozen surgical-grade razor blades in a bundle that’s about the size of a cigarette lighter. The blades are far sharper than any standard hunting knife you’ve ever handled, and they glide through animal hide and muscle like a light saber. In the past few years I’ve given out dozens of these knives to friends and colleagues, and every single one has made the switch—which is saying something, because I’ve got some damn picky friends. Honestly, this is probably the most sure-fire gift you can give someone who likes to spend time in the outdoors.